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John Marshall Robsion (January 2, 1873 - February 17, 1948), a Republican, represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.

Robsion was born in Bracken County, Kentucky. He attended National Northern University, now Ohio Northern University, in Ada, Ohio, and Holbrook College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from the National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio. He then earned a law degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 1900.

Robsion taught public schools for several years and at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. He also practiced law in Barbourville and was the president of the First National Bank of Barbourville.

Robsion was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1919, until January 10, 1930, when he resigned to serve in the United States Senate. He served as chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining (Sixty-eighth through Seventy-first Congresses).

He was appointed on January 9, 1930, as a Republican to the Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Frederick M. Sackett and he served in the Senate from January 11, 1930, to November 30, 1930. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the same seat in 1930. After leaving the Senate, Robsion resumed the practice of law and was elected to the United States House of Representatives Seventy-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1935, until his death in Barbourville, Ky., February 17, 1948. He is buried in Barbourville Cemetery.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Caleb Powers
United States Representative, Kentucky 11th District
March 4, 1919–January 10, 1930
Succeeded by
Charles Finley
Preceded by
Fred M. Vinson
United States Representative, Kentucky 9th District
January 3, 1935–February 17, 1948
Succeeded by
William Lewis
United States Senate
Preceded by
Frederic M. Sackett
United States Senator (Class 2) from Kentucky
January 11, 1930–November 30, 1930
Succeeded by
Ben M. Williamson


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